Winners Aren’t Grinners questions whether winning a war can ever be more than a hollow victory.
Three sections bound together with Japanese cord. Section covers are Kraft paper and tracing paper; text is on white stock. Illustrated with six monotypes.
The text comprises statistics from wars in which Japan and Australia (as a member of “the Allied Forces”) fought, the names of some soldiers who died, and copies of photographs and newspaper cuttings.
- Russo-Japanese War casualties: 85,000 Japanese
- World War I casualties: 822,000 Allies
- Second Sino-Japanese War casualties: 1,000,000 Japanese
- World War II casualties: 1,740,000 Japanese
- World War II casualties: 750,566 Allies,
- Korean War casualties: 46,970 Allies
- Vietnam War casualties : 58,220 Allies
- War in Iraq casualties: 3,890 Allies
Japan lost WWII and hasn’t had a war casualty since; the victors, on the other hand, just keep on losing lives.
The illustrations are semi-abstract monotypes depicting the horror of war and the Torii of the Itsukushima Shrine outside Hiroshima.
The War in Iraq figure is from 2007 when the book was made. All statistics are from public war records.